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Wastewater System Installation

Wastewater is the used water arising from domestic activities in dwellings, institutions or commercial facilities consisting of all wastewater, greywater or blackwater, or as approved by the relevant authority.

Pursuant to the SA Public Health (Wastewater) Regulations 2013 installation of on-site wastewater systems require Council approval.

What are the costs?

There is a non-refundable Application Fee of $104.00 (including GST) which must be paid upon submission of your application. In addition inspection fees are required to be paid, with an initial site inspection required prior to approval. This initial site inspection fee is $114.00 and subsequent inspections, during and post installation, are charged at $181.00 (three inspections in total required).

Please also note that fees apply to request a disconnection from the mains sewer, SA Water will be able to provide you with this information. They can be contacted on 1300 650 950.

What do you need to know?

You will need to supply the following information with your application:

  • a detailed site and building layout plan drawn to scale of 1 in 250 that meets all of the requirements outlined in the SA Health On-site Wastewater Systems Code
  • an assessment by a Wastewater Engineer and accompanying report that identifies the site and soil is suitable as per the requirements of the SA Health On-site Wastewater Systems Code

Penalties apply for the provision of false or misleading information or failure to install and maintain the system in accordance with approval conditions.

Where the applicant is not the owner, then both the owner’s and the applicant’s details are required, otherwise approval will be delayed.

How to apply?

  1. Complete the Application form
  2. Complete a SA Water Connection Application to request a disconnection from the mains sewer.

What happens next?

You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

The assessment process will occur within 20 (twenty) business days and will include:

  • confirmation of your details and required documentation supporting your application
  • investigation of your proposed activity

On approval, you will be provided with a permit confirming the approved activity and the conditions. A Tax Invoice will also be provided for the permit fees and payment must be made within the terms outlined within the Tax Invoice.

Who to call for help?

Environmental Health 
Phone: (08) 8408 1111

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